Service: Air Force

Unit : 113 FAC , AF

Wing : Air Force Station, Hindon

Last Rank : Wing Commander

Year of Martyrdom : Feb 15, 2018

Wing Commander Dushyant Vats

Wing Commander Dushyant Vats was commissioned into the IAF in the flying branch and was trained as a helicopter pilot. During his service Wg Cdr Vats  served in various Air Force bases and evolved into an ace pilot having expertise in undertaking diverse operational missions. He had the experience of flying different types of helicopters available in the IAF  and was a professionally competent pilot capable of handling various operational tasks.


During 2017-18, Wg Cdr Vats was posted at 113 FAC unit based at Air Force Station Hindon. In Feb 2018, he was sent to the Air Force base at Jorhat in Assam for an operational task. He  He was married to a Military Nursing Officer , Major Kumud Dogra and the couple had a daughter.


Microlight Aircraft crash : 15 Feb 2018


On 15 Feb 2018, Wing Cdr Dushyant Vats and Wg Cdr Jai Pla James based at Air Force station Jorhat in Assam were assigned an operational task. The pilots in their Virus SW-80 Microlight aircraft took off from the Air Force Station around 12.30 PM. Both of them were experienced helicopter pilots and  had under taken numerous operational missions in their service career. The assigned task was a routine task for them and did not demand any special skills on their part.


The aircraft after taking off had moved around 20 Km from the station, when around 1 PM the pilots experienced some technical problem in handling the flight. The technical snag soon turned serious prompting the pilots to attempt an emergency landing. But the aircraft could not be controlled and crashed at Darbar Chapori, a sand bar in the Brahmaputra in the northern part of Majuli district of Assam. The aircraft went up in flames in which both the pilots were  severely wounded and later succumbed to their injuries. Wing commander Dushyant Vats was a committed soldier and an officer par excellence who laid down his life in the service of the nation.


Wing Commander Vats is survived by his parents Mr. KL Sharma, Mrs Pushpa Sharma, wife Major Kumud Dogra and a daughter.

In a video shot few days before this tragic accident Wing Commander Vats remarked :

“Follow your dream, follow your heart and discover your passion,”

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25 Tributes
  • Sonika Singh

    2018 at 2:15 pm Reply

    Dear citizens of India,
    Always remember that soldier, who walks arid lands and difficult terrain,
    who fights battles, dies proudly without expectation of a personal gain.
    Extend your gratitude to that mother, who would be shedding tear in the corner remembering her martyred son,
    Remember that daughter who talks to the garlanded photograph of her dad, he was not there to make her childhood more fun.
    Remember that young wife, who battles with the conflicting emotions of loss and pride .
    Remember that old father who will now have to take the hosehold responsibility.
    Remember that this life of peace of security we owe to them
    Cause they voluntarily went to die
    When you and I were ……
    Cause they voluntarily went to die
    When you and I were …
    I salute the spirit of this brave son of the soil Wing commandar Dushyant Vats , his courageus wife and family.
    May God rest his soul in peace.

  • Ranjith - East Delhi,Delhi

    2018 at 6:51 pm Reply

    jai hind sir..
    a big salute …

  • Vighnesh - Coimbatore,Tamil Nadu

    2018 at 1:12 am Reply

    D Vats was an avid flier. Rest in peace…..

  • Varun Sharma - Ambala,Haryana

    2018 at 1:36 pm Reply

    Followed his dreams, went away doing what he loved doing. Proud of your accomplishments, rest in peace.

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